In Dansville, New York, Judy Culbertson pairs down a crowd-pleasing breakfast staple with savory results. Her hearty sausage patties are loaded with flavor but contain a fraction of the sodium and fat found in commercial breakfast links.
I first made this festive breakfast pie when entertaining friends on Christmas morning. Each year I was asked to make my famous "Christmas Morning Pie" and the name stuck! But because of its great flavor, I make it year-round.
Marilou's make-ahead breakfast bake is a cinch, particularly when leftover ham is used. Chock-full of peppers, onions and cheese, the eye-opener makes an ideal contribution to brunch buffets and is a great way to start the day.
"As a nurse on the night shift, I get home at 7 a.m.," she relates. "So I depend on no-fuss recipes in planning breakfast for husband Joseph and me." Among her creative morning offerings is the menu presented here. Like all beat-the-clock meals featured on this page, it can start waking up family taste buds in half an hour.
"Our grown children are big fans of ham and cheese. My Ham 'n' Swiss Rolls are perfect for families on the go," Marjorie says.
At the start of each week, my family is already looking forward to our traditional weekend breakfasts, when I serve warm and wonderful dishes such as this. The make-ahead convenience lets me relax with the family as the savory aroma fills the house.